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New Faces At The Head Of Collin Board Of Trustees

Dr. J. Robert Collin, chair

June 1, 2006 - On Tuesday, May 23, Collin County Community College District (Collin) Chairman Sam Roach of Frisco passed the gavel to Dr. J. Robert (Bob) Collins of Farmersville following an election for new officers for the college's Board of Trustees.

The board elected Dr. Collins to chair the board with Brenda Willard Goodell of Celina as vice chair. Cynthia P. Bauge and Tino Trujillo, both of Plano, were re-elected as secretary and treasurer, respectively.

"The board has a practice of rotating the office of chairman. I believe this is good for the college because it involves new individuals in the leadership process," Roach said. "It has been a privilege to serve as chairman, and I am confident that the new officers will do a fine job."

Brenda Willard Goodell, vice-chair

Roach rotated out of the chairmanship after six years at the helm and a history of distinguished leadership for the college. He will continue to serve as a college trustee. He has been a trustee for 14 years.

According to Dr. Collins, "I have served on boards in the community with Sam for 26 years, and I really appreciate the way he led us. He has been a consistent leader for our county."

Following the election, three trustees re-elected by Collin County voters on May 13-Stacy Anne Arias, Mac Hendricks and Roach-took the oath of office for their seats on the board.

Sam Roach, past chairman

The board's new chair has served as a college trustee since its founding in 1985. A former corporate vice president and officer for E-Systems, Dr. Collins is a distinguished lecturer in entrepreneurship in the College of Business and Technology at Texas A&M University-Commerce. He has also served the community through the Farmersville Economic Development Corporation board, the Plano City Council, the Greenville Christian School foundation board, the Engineering Advisory Council for Texas A&M University and the A&M-Commerce Advisory Council for the College of Business and Technology.

"It is an honor to serve the students in this capacity," he said. "The board will continue to emphasize academic excellence by providing opportunities for all our students.

The college will also continue to support economic growth in our region. This is a very exciting time for our college and community."

Goodell becomes vice chair following five years as a Collin trustee. She is a realtor and has served in leadership roles for Celina Christian Academy, First Baptist Church of Celina, the Celina Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Credit Association, the Celina Independent School District, the Collin County Central Appraisal District Appraisal Review Board and C.A.R.E., a local scholarship foundation.

"We are fortunate to have a team of visionary leaders on the board. I look forward to working with the administration, faculty and other board members to ensure that Collin remains the best community college in the nation. It is an honor to serve the citizens and students," Goodell said.

Collin County Community College District serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.